JOPERD--The Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance

The Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (JOPERD) is a monthly journal owned and published since 1896 by the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (AAHPERD) headquartered in Reston, Va. JOPERD is AAHPERD's largest, most frequently published, and most wide-ranging periodical. It is AAHPERD's cornerstone journal, reaching 12,000+ members and subscribers, providing information on a variety of health, physical education, recreation and dance issues. Subscribers are professionals supporting those involved in physical education, leisure, fitness, dance, health promotion, sport and education—all specialties related to achieving a healthy lifestyle. The region covered by this journal is the US.Recent issues of JOPERD have included articles on teaching strategies, fitness, legal issues, assessment, dancing, teacher education, adapted physical education, leisure for older adults, the use of technology, and ethics and gender equity in sports and physical education. In January 2002, JOPERD featured an article on the benefits of physical exercise in reducing breast cancer risk. In April 2007, JOPERD ran a series of articles on obesity, including the mental aspects of obesity, early childhood obesity intervention and online sources of information on the epidemic. In October 2009, JOPERD included an article on the gender gap in youth sports, particularly in urban communities. This was based on the results of Go Out and Play: Youth Sports in America, a comprehensive study based on two nationwide surveys of youth sports participation. Michael T. Shoemaker is the Editor, and Laura Stecker is the Associate Editor. Contributing editors are Derrick Mears, Ferman Konukman, Thomas H. Sawyer and Susan F. Ayers.

Articles from Vol. 77, No. 3, March

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A Question of Balance: If Avoiding Falls Is Healthy, Why Isn't Balance a Health-Related Fitness Component?
The components of physical fitness have traditionally been divided into two categories: health-related fitness (cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, and body composition) and skill-related fitness (agility, balance,...
Creating Rubrics for NCATE Reports: Assessments Lie at the Heart of the Program Report, and Good Rubrics Lie at the Heart of Assessments
The following three articles complete this two-part feature. In the February issue, after an introduction by feature editor Ben Dyson, Joy Butler traced the history of the NCATE accreditation process. Then Steve Mitchell examined each of the beginning...
In Light of the Editorial, "Dancers at Risk," What Should the Obligation of the Administration Be for the Rehabilitation of Injured Dancers in University Programs?
Long overdue is the call for university-level dancers to receive quality comprehensive healthcare--not just rehabilitation of injuries--comparable to intercollegiate athletes. The real problem is that those with the influence to enact change have yet...
Planning Youth Sports Programs That Foster Psychological Development
What Was the Question? Recently there has been a great deal of interest in promoting sports as a medium for youth development. Typically, this means that sports involvement is believed to facilitate the acquisition of important life skills and attitudes...
Service-Learning in Sports: This Exemplary Service-Learning Project Combined Sport Marketing, Teaching, and Vital Humanitarian Aid
The positive aspects of sport participation have been widely chronicled in the professional academic literature. Athletic participation and training for sport provide numerous benefits to students that few other learning vehicles can offer. Benefits...
Should Coaches Serve as the "Weight Police" for Athletes?
With some Division I coaches earning over $2 million a year, ten times the amount of the typical university president's salary, it is inevitable that feelings of power and privilege will arise. Coaches are given the authority to regulate all aspects...
The NASPE/NCATE Program Report: From the Reviewers' Lens; What Do the Reviewers Want, and How Will They Judge It? Look through the Reviewers' Lens to Find Out
Many components are necessary in order to successfully compile a National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE)/National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) beginning teacher standards report, including a tremendous...
The Physical Education Teacher Education Faculty Shortage
A recurring problem facing the entire education profession is the lack of qualified, effective teachers. This problem has most commonly been framed as arising from the difficulty of recruiting and retaining teachers. However, a related problem that...
Winning Strategies for Passing Praxis I and II: These Strategies Cannot Reduce the Work, but They Can Reduce the Fear
Prospective teachers commonly ask numerous questions about Praxis I and Praxis II. Many states require passing scores on these tests for teacher licensure. Praxis I consists of three tests--reading, writing, and math--which are required of all teacher...
Writing the NASPE/NCATE Program Report: Process and Practical Suggestions; Take a Guided Tour through the Program-Report Writing Process
The new, web-based NASPE/NCATE program report is drastically different than its predecessor. In the former, programs provided minimally two to three assessments, rubrics, related data, and candidate artifacts on each beginning teacher standard (National...